Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. (Hebrews 2:17-18)
Jesus Knows Our Troubles
Temptation is the common lot of all men and it is a struggle. There is nothing more insidious than the wiles of the devil trying to destroy the hope of a Christian. Satan throws everything he can at the child of God. Pulling the world towards an impending doom is the purpose of the adversary and his greatest victory is when he can take the heart of God’s people away to hell. There is nothing good about the evil one. He is the father of all lies, the red dragon of perdition and the vilest of creatures. His tools are three-fold: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. With these chains of despair he draws in the soul to fill the belly with pleasures of the flesh. The world is open more and more to the joys of sexual freedoms, hedonism, and lusts that fill the desires of men and women. Exploited through the mediums of television, computers, and social media the boundaries are unlimited. Materialism swallows up the lives of saints of God who are choked with the cares of the world and its riches. Pride rules the minds of many. Temptation is in full swing and the people of God are under attack.
Through the smoke of the battle for righteousness, truth and holiness comes one sitting on a white horse with a name on His robe and on his thigh: King of Kings and Lord of Lords. This is Jesus Christ, the Son of God who died for all men opening the doors of heaven to those who would seek the saving blood of His sacrifice. There is a terrible battle being fought against the forces of wickedness and the cost is high. Faithful soldiers of Christ stand valiantly on the battlefield wielding the sword of truth gaining victory over the enemy. Bearing the armor of God the legions of victorious saints subdue the wiles of the devil and his minions. The temptations of the flesh and the desires of the eye weigh heavy upon those who battle for the Lord God. The pride of life is a temptation that works hard against the will of man. Throughout the world a battle cry goes out that stirs the hearts of men and women to fight more diligently and never give up. Every battle that is fought against temptation was fought by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The King of the God’s people knows what temptation feels like. He lived it. It attacked him for more than three decades and He never sinned. The power of His resurrection is the battle cry that heralds to all the valiant soldiers of Christ to rally around the banner of truth and win the battle.
Jesus is the Son of God. He is God. Dwelling among men as flesh the Son of God experienced the realities of temptation. As a man he felt the urges of the lusts of the flesh. He knew the enticing siren song of the temptations of the eyes and the prideful desires of life. Jesus understands what it is like to be a teenager. Growing into manhood He lived in a world filled with lusts, sexual freedoms, hatred, jealousy, oppression and idolatrous wickedness. Jesus of Nazareth did not live in a protected cocoon insulated from the wiles of the devil. Satan knew who the child born of Mary was and he came at the Son of God with everything he had. Jesus was made like me but He lived without sin.
The promised hope that is found in Jesus is that He suffered temptation like all men and when we face our trials with sin, the Son of God is there to aid us, help us, assists us to overcome. He knows our troubles because He lived it. There is no greater source of hope than Jesus Christ. When our lives are overwhelmed with the challenges of sin we can go to Jesus and seek help and intervention to overcome. He understands our feelings. Living as a man He knows the trials of temptation. Thank God He sent His Son to live in the flesh so that we can have victory over temptation. There is nothing I cannot overcome when I go to Jesus. What a wonderful Savior and Redeemer.